Officials are giving jury dodgers in Wayne County one last chance to ask for forgiveness before they’re forced to pay the price for avoiding their civic duties.
Administrators say over the past year, more than 35,000 people who were supposed to report for jury duty never showed up.
Jurors have been told not to report for jury duty in Detroit on Monday because of parking concerns downtown.
The 64-year-old woman was in her pajamas when deputies arrived. A few hours later, she was in handcuffs at a jail.
“I’m completely outraged. I cannot believe that anyone would take advantage of any citizen, especially in the name of jury duty,” said Oakland County Chief Judge Nanci Grant.
A U.S. District Court Judge ordered five jurors who failed to appear for jury duty to a hearing Friday.
Gov. Rick Snyder has approved a bill that will allow breastfeeding mothers to be exempted from jury duty in Michigan.
A bill that would give breastfeeding mothers an automatic exemption from jury duty is advancing in the Michigan Legislature.
The Michigan Senate is expected to consider a bill giving breast-feeding mothers an automatic exemption from jury duty, something that now depends on individual judges’ decisions.
Of 138 people ordered to appear for a two-day show cause hearing to explain why they failed to appear for jury duty in Wayne County Circuit Court, just over fifty people responded on the first day.